Local Runners Ready Ahead of Boston Marathon

Local Runners Ready Ahead of Boston Marathon

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In Boston everything is falling into place in preparation for this year’s marathon.

“We have a good plan,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “Obviously we have stepped up our security. You’re going to see some uniform presence out there.”

Preparations are also underway here at home. For Kit Wright and Ashley Dempsey, it’s one more run before heading off. They’re two of the 36,000 runners in this year’s Boston Marathon.

“To be able to qualify was just awesome and to be able to run it is just a feat it was one of my top goals so bucket list checked,” said Dempsey.

Wright this will be her second time running Boston. She actually qualified last year but injury forced her out.

“I think about it all the time and it is heartbreaking what happened. I think about the families and this year is going to be extremely different than any Boston Marathon,” said Wright.

Dempsey has run 9 marathons before but never the Boston Marathon and isn’t worried about a repeat of last year.

“I think they are really going to do a great job with security and I think the other spectators there are going to be more aware and I really don’t think it will be something that will repeat itself,” said Dempsey

Mentally they want to approach it like any other race, but considering the mayhem and loss of life that took place here last year, they know Monday will have added meaning.

“Just to make sure that everybody knows that a couple of people can’t ruin something so great,” said Dempsey.

“Of course there is that fear and there is a lot of crazy people in the world. You never know but that shouldn’t keep us from doing what we love,” said Wright.

The two will head out to Boston on Saturday.

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